I work with watercolor from direct observation, and prefer not to use photography, but can refer to photos when needed. After arranging a composition in pencil, I apply the paints onto my paper loosely and directly with my brush and focus on the different attributes of watercolor pigments. I work mostly on 300lb and 140lb cold press paper in all sizes.
I mix and layer the watercolor pigments to create values, glazes and transparencies and observe what the watercolors will or will not do. It is natural for watercolors to run or blend into washes. Those are attractive qualities, so is the easy portability of the medium.
I went back to Oils recently and have been painting with water soluble oils on canvas board from my studio and en plein air.
Working en plein air, I find interesting subjects from nature. While outdoors, I work quickly and effectively because outdoor lights and shadows change in one- or two-hours time. The light, the time of day and the outdoor sounds from my environment motivate me to paint.
My watercolors and oils are created within a modernist approach. I break up and divide the picture plane as I draw and paint and compose. Elements of design, such as line, shape, color and forms are used to compose with and to express myself.
Bucks County Herald, "SFA Holiday Invitational is all about Inclusion,"
The Star Ledger, In the Towns section,
Sharon Sheridan, “Peaceful Art Balances an Eventful Life,”
Thursday, October 11, 2001.
Hunterdon Review, “Ken Lockwood Gorge Inspires High Bridge Artist,”
Jon Marcin, Wednesday, September 1, 2004